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Juror Found Guilty of "Friending" Defendant on Facebook

Call
the court system old and stodgy all you want, but they do tend to frown
upon jurors interacting with the defendants, much less friending them
on Facebook.

Here’s what a young juror in Texas learned the hard way about how not
to mix social media and jury duty:

Hudson was a juror on a Tarrant County civil case last month when
he tried to "friend" the defendant and discussed the case
on his Facebook page, according to court records. The woman notified
her lawyer who, in turn, told the presiding judge, Wade Birdwell.

Last week, Hudson, 22, pleaded guilty to four counts of contempt
of court related to the matter. He was sentenced to two days of community
service, which will be chores assigned to him by the jury bailiff next
month.

Officials in the Tarrant County district attorney’s office said
this is the first instance they are aware of in which a juror used social
media to contact a person involved in an ongoing case.

"I’ve never seen this before," prosecutor Chris Ponder
said. "But I’m afraid this is a new reality as the technology is
so ubiquitous that we’ll have these types of things occur."

Link
– via Mashable
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